An Open Letter To My Grandpa, Signed, 10-Year-Old Me

An Open Letter To My Grandpa, Signed, 10-Year-Old Me

A child's perspective can be eye opening.
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Dear Grandpa,

I am only 10 years old. You stand next to me and are so much larger than my small, girly self. Despite this, you level with me. You speak to me like I am older, and tougher. You think that I can be a doctor, a lawyer, or even the first woman president. You play doctor with me in the kitchen and teach me how to measure someone’s reflexes, even though you were never a doctor yourself. Instead, you were a novel persona -- a “put-myself-through-NYU” driven engineer, a second generation Italian, a loving husband, a devoted father and most importantly, my grandfather. You set aside time for me, your only granddaughter and nevertheless, grandchild, at the time. You make me feel important. You stand up for me, like when you personally called PBS on the phone, complaining that they aired an “Addam’s Family” commercial that scared me during my favorite cartoon. You were my biggest fan, and I hope you know that I was yours.

I am only 10 years old. I wondered where you had gone. As I wondered, aspects of you flooded my mind and I began to miss everything about you suddenly: your cologne, your deep voice, your sharp suits you wore when we went out to dinner. Didn’t you want to play doctor one more time? Or take another trip to Toys R’ Us with Grandma? You would always buy me whatever I wanted. I was your princess, your “principessa,” your best friend, your best Pastina taste tester and spaghetti eater. Your granddaughter.

I am only 10 years old, but I know what happened. Mommy walked down the driveway from your house to our neighboring house. Her face was strong, but at the slightest tremble her lips broke into sobs and words I won’t forget. Daddy held her close. Little Shawn was so young, but Mommy always says you were the first one to give him chocolate at one year old, much to Grandma’s loving, nutritional protest. I wondered why you left us, but I knew you were doing just fine up there in Heaven. Grandma was very sad. She showed me pictures of you when you were both young and when you were in the army. You were so brave. Now it’s my turn. I am 10 years old.

Always,

Your granddaughter.

Cover Image Credit: Sarah Lewis

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A Letter To My Humans On Our Last Day Together

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I didn't sleep much last night after I saw your tears. I would have gotten up to snuggle you, but I am just too weak. We both know my time with you is coming close to its end, and I just can't believe it how fast it has happened.

I remember the first time I saw you like it was yesterday.

You guys were squealing and jumping all around, because you were going home with a new dog. Dad, I can still feel your strong hands lifting me from the crate where the rest of my puppy brothers and sisters were snuggled around my warm, comforting puppy Momma. You held me up so that my chunky belly and floppy wrinkles squished my face together, and looked me right in the eyes, grinning, “She's the one."

I was so nervous on the way to my new home, I really didn't know what to expect.

But now, 12 years later as I sit in the sun on the front porch, trying to keep my wise, old eyes open, I am so grateful for you. We have been through it all together.

Twelve “First Days of School." Losing your first teeth. Watching Mom hang great tests on the refrigerator. Letting you guys use my fur as a tissue for your tears. Sneaking Halloween candy from your pillowcases.

Keeping quiet while Santa put your gifts under the tree each year. Never telling Mom and Dad when everyone started sneaking around. Being at the door to greet you no matter how long you were gone. Getting to be in senior pictures. Waking you up with big, sloppy kisses despite the sun not even being up.

Always going to the basement first, to make sure there wasn't anything scary. Catching your first fish. First dates. Every birthday. Prom pictures. Happily watching dad as he taught the boys how to throw every kind of ball. Chasing the sticks you threw, even though it got harder over the years.

Cuddling every time any of you weren't feeling well. Running in the sprinkler all summer long. Claiming the title “Shotgun Rider" when you guys finally learned how to drive. Watching you cry in mom and dads arms before your graduation. Feeling lost every time you went on vacation without me.

Witnessing the awkward years that you magically all overcame. Hearing my siblings learn to read. Comforting you when you lost grandma and grandpa. Listening to your phone conversations. Celebrating new jobs. Licking your scraped knees when you would fall.

Hearing your shower singing. Sidewalk chalk and bubbles in the sun. New pets. Family reunions. Sleepovers. Watching you wave goodbye to me as the jam-packed car sped up the driveway to drop you off at college. So many memories in what feels like so little time.

When the time comes today, we will all be crying. We won't want to say goodbye. My eyes might look glossy, but just know that I feel your love and I see you hugging each other. I love that, I love when we are all together.

I want you to remember the times we shared, every milestone that I got to be a part of.

I won't be waiting for you at the door anymore and my fur will slowly stop covering your clothes. It will be different, and the house will feel empty. But I will be there in spirit.

No matter how bad of a game you played, how terrible your work day was, how ugly your outfit is, how bad you smell, how much money you have, I could go on; I will always love you just the way you are. You cared for me and I cared for you. We are companions, partners in crime.

To you, I was simply a part of your life, but to me, you were my entire life.

Thank you for letting me grow up with you.

Love always,

Your family dog

Cover Image Credit: Kaitlin Murray

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15 Shows From Your Grandparents' And Parents' Generation You Need To Watch

Every episode will have you laughing or crying, or both!

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I never grew up watching Spongebob Squarepants or the Fairly Odd-Parents, instead, I watched shows with famous comedians and people with amazing talent. Same with the movies I grew up with, and some of those movies and shows are still and always will be some of my favorites.

I compiled a list of shows that I grew up watching from my parents and their parents generation that I think everyone should keep in mind when looking for the next show to watch.

1. "I Love Lucy"

Lucille Ball is a comedy star! Her show about living life as the wife of famous Ricky Ricardo, played by her husband in real life Desi Arnaz, will for sure have you laughing. From the infamous chocolate factory scene to her schemes with neighbor Ethel Mertz, "I Love Lucy" is a classic that will bring at least a smile to your face.

2. "I Dream of Jeannie"

This was a favorite of mine growing up. The hilarious situations that Jeanie gets her master, Tony, into are absolutely amazing. I loved the magic to it and the humorous characters, Dr. Bellows, Roger Heley, and Tony Nelson, who all work at NASA.

Jeannie seems to continuously make small mistakes that cause Tony all kinds of trouble, usually witnessed by Dr. Bellows, a psychiatrist, who is starting to believe either Tony or himself is going mad.

3. "Gilligan's Island"

This show is a sure fire way to make me laugh. It follows seven characters who went on a 3 hour tour and find themselves shipwrecked on an uncharted island. It's amazing some of the ideas they're able to come up with as they try to survive and get off the island.

4. "The Brady Bunch"

I'm sure almost everyone has heard of this one because of it's popularity. It's a really sweet and often comedic show about the shenanigans of a large family of 8, not including Alice the housekeeper. The show is definitely worth a watch, it's much better than the movie.

5. "Leave it to Beaver"

"Leave it to Beaver" wasn't my ALL TIME favorite show to watch growing up, but now that I'm older and watch the occasional episode, I find it a lot more funny. It follows the mishaps of young Theodore, nicknamed Beaver because his older brother couldn't pronounce his name correctly when he was younger.

Some of the situations Beaver and his friends get into are quite funny and will have you cringing to think how much trouble he's causing.

6. "Bewitched"

This one I can say was one of my ALL TIME favorites. It might be the reason I love Harry Potter so much, I guess you could say I've always been really into the idea that magic exists. However, "Bewitched" is really nothing like Harry Potter.

It follows housewife, Samantha, who is a witch married to a mortal man, Darrin. Her family is against the idea and causes her and her husband into all sorts of havoc that she naturally has to sort out by using her powers, that she promised to keep to a minimum.

Once again, the movie is nothing like the show, apart from a witch wanting to live in the mortal world.

7. "Green Acres"

This show is very humorous as it follows a city couple who move to the country and find it is nothing what they thought it would be. It being the husband's idea he adjusts better to the life, but his wife has some difficulties leaving her spoiled city life behind.

Some of the things they go through, like climbing a telephone pole to make and receive phone calls or babysitting their neighbor's pet pig, is absolutely laughable.

8. "Family Ties"

Starring a young Michael J Fox, this show is a charming and funny show for the family. Its a story of two previously hippie parents who still support their beliefs, with a son who's hero is Richard Nixon, a stereotypical teenage girl, and their youngest daughter who is the complete opposite of her sister.

It's a feel-good show that teaches some of the best life lessons.

9. "The Love Boat"

For anyone who loves cheesy romantic-comedy chick flicks, this is the show for you. With a bunch of different guest stars and a new love story(ies) every episode, this classic is one you need to check out!

10. "The Andy Griffith Show"

Starring, you guessed it, Andy Griffith, as well as a young Ronnie Howard, and the famously hilarious comedian Don Knotts whats not to like about this show?? Some of the situations this sheriff, but mostly deputy, of the small town of Mayberry, get themselves into is hilarious.

It's got some great morals to each episode, but the comedy is more prominent.

11. "Golden Girls"

This show is.. well, golden! Betty White in herself is golden, but her and her three costars in this show are absolutely amazing! Every episode will have you laughing or crying, or both!

12. "The Dick Van Dyke Show"

Another show yet again named after the main star because, well, who doesn't know who Dick Van Dyke is. If you don't watch this show! And Mary Poppins!

13. "Mork and Mindy"

Young Robin Williams as an alien... do I need say more?

14. "Hogan's Heroes"

Set in a German prisoner of war (POW) camp during World War II, this comedy is one to for sure check out. It follows a group of American prisoners who aren't really prisoners at all, as the German leaders aren't very bright. Hogan and his posse escape the camp several, several times but always come back because they have sorta become the inside men and the Germans have no idea.

They have communication radios to their commanders and tunnels leading out of the camp. It's really quite humorous some of the things they're able to get away with.

15. "Dharma and Greg"

You know what they say, opposites attract! And that is the exact situation of Dharma and Greg. Dharma comes from two extremely hippie parents and she's inherited a lot of their traditions and has the most amazing personality ever. Greg comes from a prim and proper rich family who never step a toe out of line.

Together though they make the CUTEST COUPLE EVER! They're so in love with each other and get into all sorts of mischief, usually prodded on by Dharma, and Greg tries to be rational but loves it because of how much he loves her.

It's really very a good show. It is from the late 90's early 2000's but I've never met someone who's watched it, so I thought I'd include it.

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